In the public interest, ministers need the advice they receive on matters relating to the regulation of medicines and medical devices to be impartial. They also need to be able to seek such advice from a wide range of highly skilled professionals who are senior and well regarded in their respective fields and from a range of appointed lay and patient representatives.
A number of independent advisory committees have been established to provide such an advice. These committees can also establish working group to address specific problems. Members of these committees may receive a fee and claim some expenses. This section sets out details about the terms of references of these various committees, their members and the work they undertake.
Latest committee documents
10 Oct 2014 | Commission on Human Medicines minutes - 17 and 18 July 2014 (50Kb)
01 Oct 2014 | Pharmacovigilance Expert Advisory Group summary minutes - 1 October 2014 (27Kb)
11 Sep 2014 | Devices Expert Advisory Committee
03 Sep 2014 | Pharmacovigilance Expert Advisory Group summary minutes - 3 September 2014 (24Kb)
22 Aug 2014 | ISAC Annual Report - January 2013 to December 2013 (740Kb)
23 Jul 2014 | Herbal Medicines Advisory Committee summary minutes - 23 July 2014 (26Kb)
Expert Group on innovation in the regulation of healthcare
Medicines Industry Liaison Group
Medicines advisory bodies
The medicines advisory bodies were introduced under the Medicines Act 1968. They provide advice to ministers (who are the Licensing Authority) on aspects of medicines regulation.